Cingular Launches High-Speed HSDPA Service in U.S.

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Cingular Wireless has officially begun offering service on its fastest cellular Wireless Network yet.

The new High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) network gives users data transfer speeds between 400 and 700 kilobits per second, and as the network matures, speeds could eventually reach up to 1.8 megabits per second (Mbps).

This is comparable in speed to the EV-DO service now being offered by other wireless carriers.

Cingular’s HSDPA service is currently only available in Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland Oregon, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose California, Seattle, Tacoma, and Washington D.C. but it will be coming to other markets eventually.

Laptop Only

Cingular hasn’t released any HSDPA-compatible phones yet. At this point, the only to access this service is through laptop PC cards.

This wireless networking standard is also being deployed in Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Austria.

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